I ran Route 40 Romp on Saturday and Sunday, March 22-23. Finishing in the afternoon, Marilyn drove us back to the west coast to Heather and Dave's house. Heather made us a lovely chili but I was not hungry yet. I went and took a shower and then to bed at 7:30 pm. As you might imagine, after not eating for the better part of 36 hours, I became hungry in the middle of the night. I hate to have to eat in the middle of the night!!! Anyway, I woke up twice to eat and slept very poorly due to soreness, hunger and extreme exhaustion. In general, I don't sleep well when I'm really exhausted.
Monday, I awoke stiff and achy as expected, ate some breakfast and went out to run my mile. Surprisingly, my feet felt great and were not swollen. My muscles were achy but not as bad as when Paul and I did a "one day conditioning hike" in the Tetons and couldn't walk for four days. My lungs were the tough part. They felt constricted.
Marilyn drove us to her house in Cleawater. From there, I drove the 100 miles home. Needless to say, by the time I got home, I was hungry and very tired. No rest for the wicked, I hit the road and went to the accountant's office. The following day, Tuesday, I worked at Parrot Outreach all day. I need to stop here and say that my energy was not good. My mental capabilities were operating at about 50%. I was taking extra HC but I'm not sure how much. By Tuesday afternoon, I was no longer sore but I was spent. I had a little crying break down.
All in all, my soreness was not unreasonable and dissipated rapidly. My face, hands and feet did not swell as they have in the past after a long, hot event. My feet had NO BLISTERS and felt pretty good until I took my sneakers off and went into the cold ocean.
I felt generally recovered from the running, staying up all night and not eating by Wednesday.
Taking enough HC has many benefits. It helped me stay awake through the night, kept me from throwing up, and after the race, the recovery was much, much better than I had expected it to be!